Carol’s Story

Site created on June 5, 2020

Dear Friends,

You all know our wonderful Carol, my loving companion of 25 years, who is now struggling with illness.  I want to share her journey with you and let others record their thoughts, memories, stories and prayers.  This is a simple beginning.  Let it grow like the spring flower that Carol has always been.

Tom

Newest Update

Journal entry by Tom Yunck

With April upon us, the air growing warm, thoughts naturally turn again to travel (or, as Chaucer put it, "then longen folk to goon on pilgrimages").  Many of us elders are now vaccinated for (or against) Covid.  I received my second last week.  Friend Carolyn Campion, who is based in Boulder, Colorado, and who has offered to host a celebration of Carol's life at her home in Lutry, Switzerland, is in Lutry now.  She flew there a week ago, as US airlines again began entering Geneva.  She was greeted by a lovely full moon on her first night, as shown in the first photo attached. The second shows Carol on another spring day at her Chicago home, with her favorite pet, many years ago. The third shows Carol on a spring day in Spain and the fourth shows the two of us in May in Switzerland. The last shows us at Carolyn's home in Lutry, July 2017. [I notice after publishing this that CaringBridge has reordered the photos...]

Carolyn reports that the Geneva airport was virtually empty (and sent a photo of that, too), though Frankfurt was "busy" and Denver was "a nightmare" of crowding.  She says Switzerland is still "basically in solid lockdown."

We are hoping restrictions will ease during the summer as populations become vaccinated.  So we are still targeting late summer or early fall – around September – as a good time to gather in Switzerland to remember Carol.  Because there is still much uncertainty concerning the course of the pandemic, and fears of another resurgence, we will not fix a date until things become more clear.  We might give only a month or two notice, but if you think you might like to attend, please mark September as a possible or likely time.  I'm hoping to spend more time in Switzerland in the future, in our Montreux apartment, which some of you have visited or seen in photos here.  I may end up living there nearly full time.  It is a glorious spot.

Spring brings many happy memories of Carol, along with renewed sadness at her loss, but, as always, it is filled with hope, perhaps this year more than most, hope for a return to normal life.  I hope to see many of you again at last, here in the U.S. or in Europe, in the months ahead, and we can share our memories of Carol and talk of the future.  In the meantime I wish you good health, and Happy Easter Sunday – Bon Paques!

Tom

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